Abia State Governor’s Wife Advocates Global Support In Malaria Fight

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In a bid to combat the scourge of malaria and ensure a healthier Abia, Mrs. Priscillia Otti, the Wife of the Abia State Governor, has called upon the international community to join hands in the fight against this deadly disease.

Speaking at the World Malaria Day Celebration, organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with PANAFRICARE at the Michael Okpara Auditorium,Mrs. Otti emphasized the importance of collective efforts to prevent the loss of precious lives to malaria in Abia.

Addressing attendees, Mrs. Otti highlighted this year’s theme, “Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world,” underscoring the urgent need for renewed commitment to eradicate malaria.

She stressed that malaria, an age-old tropical disease, disproportionately affects vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children under five, and returning residents.

Expressing concern over Abia’s high malaria burden, Mrs. Otti pledged relentless efforts to reverse this trend.

She outlined initiatives including the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and intensified awareness campaigns, particularly in rural areas.

Mrs. Otti also lauded the government’s increased focus on healthcare infrastructure, citing improvements in health centers across various local government areas.

Mrs. Otti’s impassioned plea for global solidarity underscores the critical need for concerted action to achieve a malaria-free Abia, reaffirming the state’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of its citizens.

In her address, Mrs. Olanma Oteh delivered a health talk on malaria causes, symptoms, and preventive measures, emphasizing the importance of cleanliness and proper mosquito net usage. Mrs. Comfort Osinachi of Avo Health urged Abians to take advantage of free malaria testing at health centers.

Assuring continued support, DPRS Solomon Kalu of the Abia State Primary Health Care Delivery Agency affirmed the agency’s commitment to malaria eradication.

Dr. Patrick Adah, Country Director of PANAFRICARE, echoed the call for collective action, emphasizing the endemic nature of malaria and the need for united efforts.

Mrs. Oluchukwu Ubani, Isialangwa North Focal Person, delivered a health talk on hygiene practices, urging everyone to prioritize cleanliness for overall well-being.

The event concluded with the presentation of a plaque to Mrs. Priscillia Otti by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ify Umah-Kalu, in recognition of her role as Malaria Ambassador.